Word that the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation has started to offer an “umbrella license” (annual license for unlimited viewings) for movies/videos shown in a public library setting.
The License gives libraries the performance rights to show movies, popular children’s programs, educational documentaries, and other audiovisual content for entertainment and educational purposes. Studios and producers covered by the License are 20th Century Fox, as well as 390 children’s, specialty and documentary producers including Scholastic Entertainment, Hit Entertainment, Discovery Channel, A&E, The History Channel, Sony Pictures Classics, and other producers that are not represented by any other licensing company.
Once licensed, movies can be obtained from any legitimate source. For example, movies can be rented, streamed or downloaded and shown without any further reporting.
MPLC’s License is facility-based, providing libraries with copyright coverage whether a librarian, library patrons or guests are showing or watching videos. A library is covered whether a local independent film club watches a movie during their monthly meeting, or if a patron borrows a DVD and watches it on one of the on-site computers at the library.
The MPLC web site includes pricing info. Here’s a list (PDF) of the producers, MPLC’s license covers.